Photographer of the Week: Raymond Elstad

Vietnam War veteran Raymond Elstad ‘arts’ – his choice of verb – in what he calls ‘a little unsalted peanut of a town’ in southern California, and everyone else in the world calls Cardiff-by-the-Sea. He shoots in his own studio…

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… an environment that reflects and facilitates the distinctive style of the resultant photos, characterized by out-of-alignment geometric shapes and often by powerful contrasting colors.

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Part of that signature skewed geometry also comes in the lines of the models’ bodies.

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Although he shoots men as well as women, he has described the female form as ‘one of the most beautiful subjects that photography can depict’. But when he produces erotica, he treats it with a sense of humor as he contemplates ‘man’s fascination with lingerie on a well turned bottom, the bit of flesh between a garter belt and stocking’. And a sense of humor is always an asset when shooting our favorite subject!

Here’s another of his assets:

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It belongs to Rosetta Risque, seen here from a more conventional angle:

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The one she needs to watch out for is Felix Zatknis:

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Because when Raymond got them both in front of his camera, Felix did this:

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Now for another pair of models, but the same studio set and, by the looks of it, the same riding whip… Meet Erin Alkaline:

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Now meet Ashley Deanna, also known by her married name of Ashley Briscoe. She’s going to be doing the hair and make-up for the shoot.

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Now Erin, meet Ashley.

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She’s going to teach you a lesson. A violin lesson, to be precise.

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And in return, Erin, you’re going to give Ashley…

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a good spanking!

If you are interested in Raymond Elstad’s work, please visit his website.

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